Been a user of
prezto for about 5 years now (ever since I started using
zsh) and have always wondered what’s it’s like to either have a minimal
zsh configuration from scratch, to use a plugin manager, or try out another framework.
I went on ahead and checked out some
zsh “tools” that I can migrate too.
zsh from scratch is pretty hard for me and what I had in mind was that I don’t change
zsh configuration often.
I installed some popular plugins and provided a basic
zsh configuration. Everything was working fine. I then proceeded to installing some
prezto modules (the
git module was really useful to me).
For some reason, I then encountered a lot of errors. I’m not entirely sure what caused it. Maybe because
zr is not mature enough yet, or perhaps I had errors in my configuration, or maybe I was missing some configurations. I didn’t investigate further although I think I might just missing something.
zim is another
zsh framework that marketed itself to be fast. I think it has something to do with
zcompile. Its modules are also taken either from
prezto. Start up time does seem to be pretty fast.
Installation was really simple as well - similar to the installation of
prezto. It provides a
custom module which is meant for putting all user customizations.
One issue I had was that I can’t get
history-substring-search to work. I’m also a little uncomfortable when a project is outdated.
prezto at one point became outdated which made me want to switch to another
zsh framework. There are chances the same thing would happen to
grmlzshconfig is a minimal
zsh configuration and very popular on Arch Linux. It only has a
.zshrc and customizations go on to
.zshrc.local. It’s really nice, simple, and fast and I’ve considered to switching to it as well.
zplug is a popular plugin manager. It competes along side
brew install zplug (
brew info zplug for more information) to install.
I installed a few plugins and realized that I really am dependent on
prezto. I settled with
prezto and installed the modules that I originally used in
prezto. Still using
prezto and not entirely sure what benefits have I gained with using
prezto although it does feel neater now having lines like these only:
zplug "modules/environment", from:prezto zplug "modules/terminal", from:prezto zplug "modules/editor", from:prezto zplug "modules/history", from:prezto zplug "modules/directory", from:prezto